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Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

1. Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you straight to Zakopane. In Zakopane you will have the chance to take a cable car ride to Gubałówka Hill, hike to the beautiful lake of Morskie Oko, go skiing or visit a thermal baths. Whatever option you choose, you will have plenty of opportunity to be absorbed in the natural beauty of Tatra National Park. You will also be able to meet local people and sample their traditional, regional cuisine. At the end of your activity in the mountains, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Krakow.

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From Krakow: Full-Day Zakopane & Tatra Mountains Tour

2. From Krakow: Full-Day Zakopane & Tatra Mountains Tour

Visit the popular winter resort of Zakopane on a full-day private sightseeing tour from Krakow and discover Poland’s most popular resort for skiing, rock climbing, rafting, trekking, cycling and paragliding. Begin your exploration of the area by visiting the highlander’s cottage and tasting the traditional highlander cheese known as oscypek. Then, continue your tour in the Koliba Villa, the Museum of Zakopane Style. After the visit to the museum, you will take the funicular railway to Mount Gubałówka for eye-popping views over the granite and limestone peaks. Return to the oldest part of Zakopane and wander the characterful main street of Krupówki to immerse yourself in Zakopane culture. Listen to the Podhale dialect - a language only spoken by the highlanders of the Tatra Mountains - admire beautiful handmade outfits, hear traditional music and peek into the workshops to see how the local art is made. Before World War I, Zakopane was widely regarded as the art and culture capital of Poland, a status it earned thanks to the many artists, writers and musicians who settled there. Among them was the painter Stanislaw Witkiewicz, who established a unique mountain cottage style of architecture known as “Zakopane Style.” You can learn more at the Tatra Museum. Having returned to the oldest part of Zakopane, you will have a chance to visit the enormous regional market and have lunch in a regional restaurant serving local specialities while enjoying your free time.

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From Krakow: Tatra Mountains and Morskie Oko Hike

3. From Krakow: Tatra Mountains and Morskie Oko Hike

Your adventure starts when the driver picks you up from your accommodation in Krakow. In the early morning, you will make your way to Morskie Oko, also known as Eye of the Sea. The lake is located within the Tatra National Park that lies in southern Poland and is the largest of its kind in the Tatra Mountains. Once arrived you can enjoy the picturesque panorama while hiking along a 9-kilometer route towards the lake.  Morskie Oko is the most famous lake in Poland and many people say it is the most beautiful one. The lake is embedded in the High Tatras at 1395 meters above sea level and it is surrounded by high mountain peaks reaching over 2000 meters which creates a breathtaking panorama.  After the tour, the driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Krakow.

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From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

4. From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

Take a day out from Krakow and head 100km south to the winter capital of Poland. Explore the Zakopane regional market, walk Krupowki street, and experience the town at your leisure. See authentic housing in Chocholow and marvel at the Tatra mountains by riding a funicular train up Gubalowka hill. Travel to the winter town of Zakopane. Explore as you please and find many worthwhile attractions like the professional ski jumping hill. Walk through the bustling Kripowki street and try some regional food. Find the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima, Jaszczurowca Chapel, and explore the old cemetery. Head just outside the town to the village of Chocholow and admire the traditional wooden housing. Taste an authentic highlander's cheese called 'Oscypek' and delight in the quaint magic of this hidden treasure. Climb aboard an amazing incline railway and reach the top of Gubalowka hill, 1126 meters high. Capture breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains, the tallest peaks in all of Poland.

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From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

5. From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

Spend the day with a scenic hike to a glacial lake at Morskie Oko and exploring the charming town of Zakopane. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Krakow, relax during your two-hour drive towards the Tatra Mountains. Arrive at the base of the Morski Oko hike and prepare yourself for beautiful nature and stunning views.  Leisurely hike up the mountain for approximately two hours until arriving at the Morski Oko Lake. The name of the lake means the Eye of the Sea and was formed from glaciers in the mountains. While at the lake relax for a bit before heading back down on another two-hour hike. From Morski Oko head to Zakopane where you can take a trip up Gubalowka Mountain by funicular. Also spend time on Krupowki Street and peruse its shops and restaurants before going back to Krakow.

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From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Slovakia Treetop Walk

6. From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Slovakia Treetop Walk

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops. Travel from Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 6 miles from the Polish border. Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 59 to 78 feet high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden bridge, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches around 2,000 feet. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif. Deep in the Tatra Mountains, Morskie Oko Lake was formed by glaciers. The lake is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Tatra Mountains, which makes for magnificent views. It is also home to many animals, birds, and even natural fish stocks, something that is rare in the Tatras. The hike to the lake is about five miles and takes about 2-2.5 hours each way. The trail runs along a paved roadway and is not difficult. Enjoy beautiful views along the way. At the end of your visit to the lake, hike back to the starting point.

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4.5 / 5

based on 49 reviews

From the beginning it was worth the money and time 100%! Very professional, a truely full programme not to be missed! Our tour guide Eva was fantastic! Polite, kind , full of knowledge and enthousiasm, together with our driver Peter, who was making every effort to make our journey as comfortable , punctual and enjoyable as possible! I would definately recomment this tour to everybody! Well done guys! Greetings from Cyprus, Chrystalleni!

This was an excellent day ! I very nearly didn’t book it but so glad I did . From visiting a small village , crossing into Slovenia , visiting a shepherds hit and tasting local cheese to the funicular ride it was all amazing . Even though it was overcast the mountains were a majestic sight. Adam our guide was superb and managed the day professionally but in a relaxed and entertaining way - 10/10 to Adam and 10/10 for the tour

Very popular so very busy but once at the lake it is fantastic. We went up to black lake and from there the view is great. Our guide had a lot to tell and that was a nice addition

On time pickup, guide very informative, good few stops and just the right amount of time in zakopane

brilliant day out so much to see and do would 100% recommend